According to a report in the Spanish paper Diario Sport, Real Madrid winger Denis Cheryshev is expected to leave the club this summer after being deemed surplus to requirements.
The Russia international spent the entirety of last season on loan at Villarreal, impressing La Liga onlookers with a number of excellent performances.
However, after returning to Real Madrid under newly-appointed boss Rafa Benitez, despite an initial good first impression, the club are open to selling him amid heavy competition for places.
Such speculation has so far proved wide of the mark, but reports in Spain insist the player will be sold this summer, with the Reds continuing to monitor the situation.
Competition for places:
Cheryshev’s best position is at left-wing, a post currently occupied by Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who last season posted the best campaign of his career from a goals scored perspective.
Beyond Ronaldo there are Jese Rodriguez, Isco, James Rodriguez, Gareth Bale and even Marcelo who could be considered as fellow left-wing options, leaving the Russian in a tough spot.
Should Liverpool make a move?
The Reds should always seek new players who would improve the first-team XI, though following the signings of Roberto Firmino and Danny Ings, the Merseysiders are well covered when it comes to possible options on the flanks.
Signing Cheryshev because he is available does not represent a sound footballing decision, and any potential deal could have an adverse effect on the development of Jordon Ibe.